Andersen Takes Second, Robison Advances

All-American Kassi Andersen takes second in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympic Trials.

SACRAMENTO -- Past and present BYU All-Americans posted a second-, fourth-, and eight-place finish in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase while Nathan Robison advanced to the semifinals in the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympic Trials.

Although the steeplechase is not an Olympic event, All-American Kassi Andersen took second with a time of 3:45.52 despite suffering an injury during the end of the race.

"Kassi ran a good race with a pretty fast time," BYU women's coach Craig Poole said. "But on the last water jump, she sprained her ankle. Despite that, our runners did a good job tonight."

Former Cougar Elizabeth Jackson took fourth with a time of 9:52.11 while All-American Lisa Antonelli-Pratt took eighth in the steeplechase with a time of 10:15.76.

Jackson began the steeplechase legacy at BYU when she won the NCAA National title in this event in 2001 while Andersen claimed it in 2003. Antonelli-Pratt won the 2004 Mountain West Conference outdoor steeplechase title and took 12th at the 2003 NCAA Nationals in this event.

In the 1,500-meter quarterfinals, distance standout Nathan Robison took eighth in the third heat to advance to the semifinals with a time of 3:43.42. Placing 22nd overall, Robison will run Friday at 7:40 PST against the top 24 contenders in this event.

"He didn't have to run incredibly fast today because they didn't eliminate a lot of people," BYU men's coach and Nathan's father said. "He ran exactly how he should have for tomorrow's race, which will be tougher. It was a good race, and it will be interesting to see how the semifinals go tomorrow."

During the outdoor season, Robison claimed the Mountain West Conference 1,500m title and took second in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. However, his personal best time in this event came at the Mt. SAC Relay, where he took fourth with a time of 3:40.89.

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